The Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) is native to lowland wetlands. It is a medium-sized tree, growing 45 to 70-feet tall. The name comes from the acorns being largely enclosed in the cup. The leaves are broad, deeply lobed and dark green. The trees can withstand significant flooding and poorly drained soils and are tolerant to drought and cold. The flowers are catkins, produced in the spring and maturing in about 6-7 months into acorns. Overcup oak is planted to improve wildlife habitat and for bottomland restoration. Ducks, wild turkeys, hogs, white-tailed deer, squirrels, and smaller rodents eat the acorns. Preferred zones are 5 through 10.
Trees can be ordered as seedlings or super accelerators in quantities of 12 or 24. Trees in 3-gallon containers can only be ordered in packs of 24. Bulk discounts are available - call for pricing. The best time of year to plant your trees varies depending on what zone you are in. However, for most zones the best time to plant is between fall and early spring. Planting your trees in the fall allows the trees to root into ground before the dormant season. When planting trees,the hole needs to be twice as wide as, but not deeper than the rootball. The soil should be level with the top of the rootball.